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the best. >> welcome back. thanks so much for staying with us. french and spanish forces in afghanistan are among those starting to leave the country this month with a withdrawal -- the complete withdrawal -- of the mainly western troops set for 2014. canada and its combat mission last week -- and its combat mission last week in germany is set to bring back some of its forces by the end of this year. at least 30,000 u.s. soldiers are to be withdrawn by next summer. today, the conflict in afghanistan shows little sign of being resolved. civilians and military casualties continue to mount, and opinions are divided over whether afghan forces will be ready to take over security operations in three years' time. we have this report. >> american soldiers are a regular sight in the provinces. but the withdrawal has already begun. afghan forces are taking on more responsibilities for security in their country. it is a dangerous task, especially in the unruly areas of the south and east of the country. >> we are ready for the mission. we are well trained, and we will make sure that the people in
was the provincial chief of kandahar and of the most powerful men in southern afghanistan. this death will leave a power vacuum in be -- in the battle against the taliban insurgency. he was stopped by allegations of corruption. he is suspected of been involved in the heroin trade. he had survived two previous assassination attempts. >> we were joined earlier from kandahar by our correspondent who had more on the circumstances of karzai's death. "certainly, this was an inside job. the witnesses say that a man who was a longtime aide of ahmad wali karzai who commanded some checkpoints near the home, apparently the assassin ask for a private audience. three shots rang out behind closed doors. he was dead at the scene. many of his aides doubt the taliban's responsibility. this might have been some kind of personal grudge. >> even if this was an inside job, what does this tell us about the stability in southern afghanistan? >> things are very fragile and even more fragile on now that ahmad wali karzai is gone. he helped to keep together so much of kandahar. the coalition forces are more and more depe
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